- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 12, 2011
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- Home Grown Players
I’ve been meaning to talk about the wave of the future in Major League Soccer since the first week of the season. Of course I am talking about the Home Grown players that are currently in MLS. So far 10 HGP have played in league games this season, with plenty more seeing quality time in the new reserve division.
D.C. United made a little milestone this past week by being the first club to field three HGP at the same time. With the return of Bill Hamid in goal and Ethan White getting his first start, United proved that three HGP (they also fielded Andy Najar) can get the job done in big games.
White was particularly impressive in his debut for the club as he looked little like a rookie against the bigs of the LA Galaxy. His confidence had to made head coach Ben Olsen smile a good bit on a night that really didn’t go all that well for his club despite the Black-and-Red coming away with a point.
Aside from D.C.’s three, Vancouver and Toronto have each had their fair share of HGPs playing this season. I’ve been impressed so far with the Whitecap’s Russell Teibert, he’s looked miles ahead of a lot of the HGPs out there.
Below are a list of HGPs that have played so far this season in MLS games. Listed are the number of games they’ve played and goals scored. So far only one HGP has found the back of the net, Juan Agudelo for New York against Seattle back in the first week of the season.
2011 HOMEGROWN PLAYERS
GP-G PLAYER TEAM
5-0 Nizar Khalfan (Vancouver)
4-0 Ruben Luna (FC Dallas)
4-0 Andy Najar (D.C. United)
3-1 Juan Agudelo (New York)
3-0 Russell Teibert (Vancouver)
1-0 Tristan Bowen (Chivas USA)
1-0 Keith Makubuya (Toronto FC)
1-0 Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
1-0 Alex Dixon (Houston)
1-0 Ethan White (D.C. United)
1-0 Bill Hamid (D.C. United)